Guest article written by Camille Johnson at the Bereaver
At Gryphon Place, we believe that every person can play a pivotal role in suicide prevention. With that in mind, the following article provides a toolkit that individuals can use to help themselves or those around them in times of need. Keep Emergency Numbers Handy At times when you’re struggling with negative thoughts and you feel that you have no one to speak with, consider calling any of the following numbers:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Gryphon Place Crisis Hotline – 269-381-HELP (4357)
Additionally, you can text HELLO to 741741 which is the Crisis Text Line
All conversations you’ll have through these numbers will be 100 percent confidential and will provide you with the help you need 24/7. Create a Suicide Safety Plan A safety plan includes a set of instructions that you can follow when you’re dealing with suicidal thoughts. Here are the key items your plan should include:
Calming Activities: List activities that help you feel calm in stressful situations, such as meditation, taking a walk, calling a friend, and more.
Calling List: Include contact information of individuals you trust and feel comfortable talking to about your thoughts. This can include family, friends, therapists, spouses, etc.
Reasons for Living: You can opt to read your gratitude journal, or list things that provide your life meaning such as your pet, marriage, career, etc.
Creating a Safe Environment: This can include storing sharp or harmful objects away from your reach, decluttering your home, or calling a loved one over to provide company.
Be Open to Help If you’ve noticed your mental health declining, speaking to a professional can provide you with a safe outlet to express thoughts and learn techniques to overcome suicidal urges. Here are the different types of professionals you can consider visiting:
Counselors: They specialize in helping individuals re-build self-confidence by overcoming difficulties faced in their professional or personal life.
Psychiatrists: They are licensed medical professionals who can prescribe medication for individuals suffering from mental illnesses, as reported by Medical News Today.
Early intervention plays a key role in preventing suicide. If you know someone who is dealing with suicidal thoughts encourage them to seek professional help and avoid letting them be alone.